When the Golden State Warriors suffered defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers in their second-round playoff series, their historic Western Conference postseason record was finally given a blemish.
Before that matchup in May, the Warriors had built an impeccable 19-0 record in playoff series against Western Conference rivals since the beginning of the Steve Kerr era in 2015.
Draymond Green believes he, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can re-assert the Golden State Warriors’ dominance in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Led by the legendary trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State had made the NBA Finals in six of the previous seasons, missing the playoffs altogether in 2020 and 2021.
They added a 19th series victory thanks to Curry’s 50-piece in Game 7 of their first-round matchup with the Sacramento Kings, before the Lakers dealt a fatal blow to their season in Game 6.
But speaking with Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN recently, Green warned opposing fans not to get used to seeing Golden State eliminated early in the playoffs.
"“(The Lakers have) done it once, and that’s great. “Now someone has to do it again and again. And I don’t foresee that happening”, Green said."
Green recommitted to the Warriors in free agency, securing his long-term future at the franchise with a new four-year, $100 million deal. He and Curry are now signed for multiple years, with Thompson extension eligible and a potential free agent next offseason.
Golden State have taken a win-now approach this offseason, but that’s not to mean their ambition stops with winning another title in 2024. Despite their advancing ages, Green believes he, Curry and Thompson have a lot left to give.
"“I don’t like to necessarily put a number on things”, Green told ESPN. “But I don’t see why we can’t get two more championships. Why not?”"
The Denver Nuggets will enter as undisputed favorites in the West heading into the season, with the Warriors one of a handful of teams with a realistic shot at dethroning the newly-minted NBA champions.